December 21, 2014, TURN OF THE TIDES, a winter solstice celebration

Plan to visit the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia, between 11 – 3 for the 2nd Annual “Turn of the Tides Festival”, a winter solstice celebration. Activities will be in the parking lot next to the building and in the Estuarium itself.  Family Friendly. FREE  

JOIN US for this special day.

We are honored and pleased to have traditional Native Storyteller Curtis Dupis, from 12pm-1pm, inside the Estuarium.

and local artists: Jess Archer, Chelsea Baker and Justin Crawford.

With partner organizations:

LOTT WET Science Center,

Henderson Inlet Community Shellfish Farm

Nisqually Reach Nature Center

Nisqually Land Trust

Pacific Shellfish Institute

Puget Sound Restoration Fund

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group

Taylor Shellfish

Washington Conservation Corp

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December 21st Turn of the Tides Festival

December 21st, 11 -3 pm is the Turn of the Tides Festival, a solstice celebration.  It will be held at the Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE.  This family friendly event is free.  Please plan to join us!  Bring your friends!


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December 5, 2014 Pier Peer CANCELLED

Due to cold and icy weather, the December 5th Pier Peer is cancelled.  The SSEA Board is reviewing our decision to offer Pier Peer in the winter months.  Please visit the website, click on programs and then on pier peer for updates.

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WA state Combined Fund Drive/ SSEA is 1481069

Are you a state employee who would like to support SSEA’s programs?  To make a contribution, click the link below and put in SSEA’s number, #1481069.

CFD contribution to #1481069 of:

$35 – provides Beach Naturalist Training for a low-income person

$50 – covers a two hour group visit to the South Sound Estuarium

$50 – provides marine/estuary interpretation by a Beach Naturalist for school/preschool groups visiting the beach

$75 –  provides supplies for children’s groups using the Estuarium’s lab space

$100 keeps the Estuarium open for a day

$300 – buys a portable heater for the lab at the Estuarium

Service areas: Mason and Thurston Counties

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TONIGHT – Nov. 20th, Discovery Speaker – Dayv Lowry

November 20,  7:00 – 8:30 pm, LOTT WET Science Center, 500 Adams NE. Olympia

WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientists Talk about Forage Fish – Why Puget Sound’s salmon and birds depend on them!

Dayv Lowry and other experts will teach us about Forage Fish – What are they and why are they so important? Also, how can citizen science help us learn more about population dynamics?

7:00 – 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30). Come early to enjoy LOTT’s Wet Science Center’s educational fresh water related exhibits and interactive displays and visit with SSEA friends.

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December 21st Turn of the Tides Festival


Turn of the Tides Festival

December 21, 2014, 11am – 3 pm

South Sound Estuarium, 309 State Ave. NE, Olympia

The South Sound Estuary Association presents the Turn of the Tides Festival! Come Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the South Sound Estuarium for a free family friendly event! Come participate in fun activities, arts and crafts, educational booths with partner organizations, chowder and warm beverages, plus much more to come! Don’t miss out on this exciting event! Free admission to the Estuarium all day!

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November Activities at the Estuarium

November 1st/2nd – Spooky Marine Creatures of the Deep
Halloween weekend, come by and learn about those especially spooky species of the Puget Sound waters with hands on activities and myths about what lives in the depths of the Salish sea.

November 8th/9th – Marine Mammals of the Puget Sound  Which critters visit us in the South Sound? When? How often?

November 15th/16th – Movements: Birds and Salmon
The journeys taken by species that move from place to place. How do they move throughout the Sound?

Sunday December 22nd, the annual Turn of the Tides Festival, time and place TBD.

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Pier Peer at Boston Harbor Marina – continues this winter

Join South Sound Estuary Association marine educators at Boson Harbor Marina for Pier Peer nighttime underwater lighting events on Friday nights year round. Peer below the waters of Puget Sound and discover the lives of mysterious and beautiful creatures. Jellyfish, colorful sea slugs, predatory worms and more visit us at the underwater lights. Learn about the animals of Puget Sound and see them like you never have before!

Sign up now for a winter outing, start time is 7 pm.

Please bring your own flashlight (one per person is ideal), wear non-slip shoes and dress for the weather. Children under 5 are not advised. Each between child 6 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a life vest for your child if you have one. There are some available at the marina if you don’t have one.

Cost: $10 for 12 and older. Children 6 – 11 that accompany an adult are free. Event is not appropriate for children under 6. PLEASE no more than 2 children per adult.

Due to dock weight limit maximum space available is 20 people.

Note: If we do not have 10 adult/youth reservations, we reserve the right to cancel that month’s event. All registered participants will receive email notice of cancellation and be given a change to register for an upcoming event.

To register, click on the Pier Peer tab.  Registration  links at the bottom of the page.

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SSEA Benefit Cruise Rescheduled to October 12th

Did you want to go on today’s benefit cruise, but the day didn’t work.  Well you are in luck!  We have 25 spaces available for the 12th.  

Today’s Benefit Cruise had to be rescheduled.  It will now be held on Sunday, October 12th, from 2 – 5 pm.  It leaves from the Port Plaza Dock (in front of Anthony’s Restaurant.)  Most ticket holders are available for the 12th, but not all.

Click the link below and reserve your space for a day on the water, good food, conversation, marine education (learn about plankton).



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URGENT:  “MY GIRL” has engine problems and will NOT get to Olympia for today’s cruise.  
CRUISE IS RESCHEDULED for October 12, same time and location.
PLEASE respond to center@sseacenter, and let us know you/your group will be joining us on the 12th.
If that date can’t work for you, we will give you priority space on next year’s cruise.
If neither option works for you, please consider a donation of your cruise ticket amount.
SSEA is a small non-profit with a budget that depends on the income from the cruise, our major fundraiser.  If you need a refund, please request it.
South Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
360 280-4069
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